Stamp Your Ab-Ex Art Out


Yesterday the United States Postal Service unveiled its latest edition of postage stamps: a celebration of 20th-century Abstract Expressionists. The 10 works depicted in the stamps, by Hans Hoffmann, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Barnett Newman, Robert Motherwell, Adolph Gottlieb, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Joan Mitchell—who was featured in The Pastel Journal‘s February 2008 issue—were selected by art director Ethel Kessler and noted art historian Jonathan Fineberg. The stamps’ arrangement on the sheet is intended to mimic a gallery wall display.

According to the USPS, they’re paying tribute to “the artistic innovations and achievements of a group of artists who moved the United States to the forefront of the international art scene.”

What’s your take: snail-mail masterpieces or artistic absurdity?


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